May 14th, 2021

January 30, 2021

By Destinee Mattson on January 30, 2021.

1959 ~ BRENT OBRITSCH ~ 2021

Brent Joseph Obritsch of Medicine Hat, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at the age of 61 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his brothers and sisters, Roger (Betty) Obritsch, Albert Obritsch, Mile Obritsch, Mark (Stacey) Obritsch, Phyllis (Lance) Dirk and Janice (Scott) Wells as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Joan and Joseph Obritsch and one nephew Scott Ries. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a funeral service by invitation only will be held in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Life Celebrant, Dave Townsend. Family and friends are invited to remotely attend the funeral service by searching for the Pattison Funeral Home youtube page where the video will go live 10 minutes prior to service time. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Brent with a donation, may do so to the S.P.C.A. – 55 Southwest Drive SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E8 or to the Canadian Diabetes Association ( To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: subject heading: Brent Obritsch, or you may visit and leave a message of condolence.

Funeral Arrangements are by the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 4C2








1999 ~ 2021


Alisa Rose Wood, passed away in Medicine Hat on Monday, January 25, 2021, at the age of 21 years. She was abundantly loved and will be deeply missed. Alisa was predeceased by her mother, Lisa; brother, James; grandparents, Stella and Patrick Wood; uncles, Raymond and Elmer; aunties, Rose (Alan, Donna, Derek), Dorothy (Huey, Lori, Denis) and Brenda (Kris, Vanessa) and her cousin Donna (Brandon). Alisa also leaves behind her two beloved nephews, Jamie and Liam; father, James; uncles, Monty (Bobby, Kenny, Monty Jr., Marty, Tia) and Patrick (Michelle and Patrick Jr.); aunties, Louise (Earl and Richard), Winnie (Kenny) and Helena (Daniel and Reena) and numerous relatives. A private family celebration of Alisa’s life will be held in Manigotagan, Manitoba at a later date, where Alisa will be reunited her mother, Lisa and brother, James. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is


Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 “Locally owned & directed”





1976 – 2021


Darren Edward Lee Grey passed away suddenly in Sarnia, Ontario on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at the age of 44 years. Darren’s memory will be forever cherished by his daughters, Tierra (Raistlin), Kaitlynn and McKenna; partner, Dena and her children, Breanna and Brooke; sister, Hayley and her children, Clark, Ava and Scarlett; aunt, Elaine as well as numerous cousins, friends and union brothers. Darren was predeceased by his father, Edward Grey. At the age of 16, he enlisted in the British Army for one year. After moving to the Calgary area at the age of 17, Darren became a skilled welder and was a member of the local union 496. He was very proud of his welding skills. Darren loved to sing, dance, cook and have a great time… always being the life of the party. Darren’s true love were his girls. Time spent with them meant the world to him as he was a kid at heart himself. Darren’s love of life and genuine personality will be forever missed! Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, February 4, 2021, between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A Private Celebration of Darren’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Friday, February 5, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with Murray Jaster officiating. Those wishing to experience the Funeral Service via livestreaming are encouraged to visit and click the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is


Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 “Locally owned & directed”






Dec. 15, 1934 ~ Jan. 16, 2021


It’s with heavy hearts to announce the passing of Elvin Christianson. He passed peacefully on January 16, 2021, at Crowsnest Pass Care Center in Blairemore, Alberta at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his first wife and the mother of his 4 children, Lois Christianson. Elvin leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Audrey; children, Sheryl (Chuck) Copeman, Grant (Christine) Christianson, Cindy (Harry) Christianson, Ken (Rhonda) Christianson and his step-children Bobby Levesque and Denise Levesque. He is also surved by 11 grandchildren, many great- grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild. Elvin was born in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan and moved around a lot before making Medicine Hat his home over 60 years ago and where he continued to grow his family. Elvin worked a few jobs before he retired, his main ones were at Good Year and with the City as a bus driver. Elvin had a love for horses starting at an early age and passed that onto his children. He enjoyed tinkering in his garage fixing things, being in his yard and visits from family and friends. Due to Covid restrictions, a service in his memory will be held at a later date. (Condolences may be expressed by either directly emailing the family at or by visiting Honoured to serve the family is


Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 “Locally owned & directed”





January 27, 1953 ~ January 27, 2021


“Forever In Our Hearts”


James Benson Summers of Seven Persons passed away on his 68th birthday with family by his side. He was the devoted husband to Brenda Fischer for 42 years. Jim is remembered with love by his children, Kari (Matthew) their children, Makayla and Mark; Robert; Jennifer (Neil) their daughter Desirae; and Lisa (Joshua); sisters, Bel (Gordon), Effie (Kevin) and Joan; nieces and nephews, Emily (Craig), David, Brendan, Kate (Daniel) and Kailin; aunt, Marnie and many cousins. He is also remembered by close friends of many decades, Allan and Marilyn Leis, Kent and Karen Phillips and Robert Martin and Susie Strachan. Jim was predeceased by his son, Michael (2017); parents, David (2011) and Margaret (2019) Summers; and his in-laws, Alvin (2015) and Evelyn (2005) Fischer. Jim was born in Musselburgh, Scotland and grew up in Ontario. He lived in Zambia when he was in high school and then studied Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Jim and Brenda were married in Winnipeg on October 21, 1978. He built his home on the family farm in 1986 in Cypress County, where he enjoyed working outside and tinkering with projects. Jim loved spending his summers camping, biking, hiking and spending time with his family at Mt. Kidd in Kananaskis. He loved to travel and greatly enjoyed cruising with his wife. Jim loved his job at Defense Construction Canada (DCC) at CFB Suffield and was fortunate to work with his wonderful managers and team. He was looking forward to celebrating his 10 year employment anniversary this upcoming June. Jim was passionate about volunteering and most recently was the Treasurer for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Medicine Hat Branch. Jim was taken from us by cancer far too soon. While we will miss him forever, we are glad he is no longer in pain. Due to COVID restrictions and Jim’s concern for others’ safety, a private family service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, followed by the interment at Hillside Cemetery. Family, friends and loved ones are invited to remotely attend the Celebration of Life via Livestreaming and are encouraged to visit and click on the View Broadcast button on the homepage on Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. MST. Those who wish to remember Jim can with a donation to the Michael Brendan Fischer-Summers Kindness Award at the University of Calgary at the following link michael-brendan-fischer-summers-kindness-award. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is



Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 “Locally owned & directed”




THOKLE, Ivor Alfred

February 12, 1929 – January 18, 2021


Ivor Thokle, of Saskatoon, the beloved husband of Orca, passed away on January 18, 2021, in Medicine Hat at the age of 91.

He is survived by his loving wife Orca, and sons Lenis Thokle (Natheal) of Calgary and Kevin Thokle (Tammy) of Medicine Hat. He will also be lovingly remembered by grandchildren Richard, Tamara, Jennifer, Tia, and Nathan, and great grandchildren Serenity and Nixon (with two more on the way). Also survived by his sisters, Elaine and Maureen, Orca’s brothers and sisters, their spouses, and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by parents, Peder and Marie Thokle. Siblings, Myrtle, Jannie (at birth), Jannie, Clarence, Margaret, Gaylord, Harold, Eleanor, Evelyn.

Ivor was born and raised into a large and happy home on a farm near Radisson Saskatchewan, being the third youngest child of eight girls and four boys. Dad competed up to Grade 10 at the local bustling Waterbury community school, finishing his high school at Saskatoon Tech as it was not available at Waterbury. He went on to work for CP Rail’s bridge and building department for five years, which gave him access through his work and a railway pass to see this great country. He once visited with former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker on one of his train journeys. Wanting to travel less and settle down, he found work at Quaker Oats, then eventually retiring after several years working at Sherbrooke Nursing Home. Other ventures included, owning a bubble gum vending machine business, and earning diploma as an electronics technician and selling mutual funds. In October 1961, as Ivor put it, “his legs took him” to the Salvation Army church. Everyone was warm and friendly, therefore he kept returning and met his future wife Orca, who he married in April 1963. They lived in the same house for over 50 years with a fabulous yard and garden, then moving to a condo in Saskatoon then more recently to Medicine Hat to be closer to family.

Dad was a devoted husband and father who loved taking his family summer vacations, camping, fishing, Disneyland, Vancouver Island, etc. He was especially proud of a six-week cross Canada trip to the Maritime Provinces, and a trip to our ancestral home of Norway with his family. There were also many treasured local trips with his children and grand children to pike lake, beaver creek, Kinsmen Park, zoo, etc, and even to the “hill” in the park behind the house. He always saw the beauty of Saskatchewan from the prairies in the south to the lakes of the north.

Ivor had many interests in areas relating to his faith, nature, and conservation. He almost always could identify birds by sight or song and loved identifying plants. He was a member in numerous nature clubs, Norwegian culture society, Akela in the scouting movement, and many volunteer roles in the Salvation Army throughout his years. He was a kind, gentle, most honest, charitable, and understanding man. His unprejudiced integrity in giving back with his caring style of leadership, mentoring, and guidance truly left a mark on those many lives he touched.

A celebration of Ivor’s life will be held at a later date at the Saskatoon Salvation Army Temple. To express condolences and share memories, please visit:



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